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Henry Jaglom

Filmmaker

Born: 26 January 1938
Birthplace: London, England
Best known as:

 

The idiosyncratic filmmaker who did "Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?"

Henry Jaglom has been one of the most independent of independent filmmakers since the 1970s, the maker of improvised dramas and romantic comedies that are predictably self-referential -- a quality that his fans love and his critics hate. Jaglom got his start in the business as an actor, emerging from the Actors' Studio in the 1960s to join new Hollywood rebels like Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper. Jaglom's first film as a director came with 1971's A Safe Place. It was the first of many of his films featuring a female protagonist, a quality that has led to Jaglom being described as a feminist filmmaker. But most of his films are pseudo-documentaries about his own life, with a heavy dose of what it's like to be involved in the theater. As a result, his films are considered adventurous and edgy by actors and fans of live theater, while being dismissed as self-absorbed and boring by fans of cinema. Despite Jaglom's chronically idiosyncratic approach to filmmaking, he's been productive for more than four decades. His films include Sitting Ducks (1980); Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? (1983, starring Karen Black); Someone to Love (1987, with Jaglom's friend, Orson Welles); Venice/Venice (1992); Babyfever (1994); Deja Vu (1998); Irene in Time (2009); Queen of the Lot (2010); and Just 45 Minutes from Broadway (2012).

Extra credit:

 

Henry Jaglom got a consultant credit for his help editing the 1969 film Easy Rider.

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  • Deja Vu (1998) - Starring Stephen Dillane, Victoria Foyt, Vanessa Redgrave
  • Just 45 Minutes from Broadway - Starring Tanna Frederick, Judd Nelson, Diane Salinger, Jack Heller, David Proval
  • Going Shopping - Starring Victoria Foyt, Rob Morrow, Lee Grant, Bruce Davison, Mae Whitman
  • Festival in Cannes - Starring Anouk Aimee, Greta Scacchi, Maximilian Schell, Ron Silver, Jenny Gabrielle
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